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2020 Dillinger Days

2020 Dillinger Days

Dillinger Days Speakeasy
 Saturday, January 18, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona 85701
WHO: Ages 21 and older
COST: Tickets are $45 each

Dillinger Days weekend begins with the Dillinger Speakeasy, an exclusive Hotel Congress experience to travel back to the 1930s. Celebrate the first night of Dillinger Day’s weekend with tastings from an extensive list of the finest American whiskeys, delicious food, live music, premium cigars, a live gun show, era related entertainment, and new this year, prohibition-era gin tastings! The proceeds from the event go to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation to raise funds to assist with the unmet fire-service community needs in the areas of advanced training, technology, survivor's help, education campaigns, firefighter health and wellness, and other support services.

Throughout the night bottles of whiskeys will be opened for tasting, but not just any whiskeys, only the best at Hotel Congress! Our focus will be traveling the US through this distillate, featuring the best from our region. To wet your whistle, here are a few whiskeys to get excited for:

  • Jefferson's Ocean: A bourbon aged at sea. Temperature fluctuations, saltwater air exposure, and constant motion of the ship created a unique flavor profile: a dark bourbon, with caramel flavors reminiscent of a dark rum, and a briny, savory flavor due to the salt-water air that resembles an Islay Scotch. — The Whiskey Wash

  • St. George Lot 19: "Able to mount a strong argument for being the best single malt in America." — Paste MagazineCraft Whiskey of the Year (2014) — Whisky Advocate

    "Like no other whiskey ever. A rainbow of sweet fruit and flower aromas you can scarcely believe come from grain, and an amazing smoothness on the palate." — Los Angeles Times

    "Might just be the best U.S. single malt available today."
    — 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die

  • Rogue Spirits Oregon Rye: 
    2018: Double Gold - Cigar & Spirits: World Spirits Competition
    2018: Gold - Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
    2018: Bronze - International Whisky Competition
    2018: Silver - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
    2018: Best Oregon Whisky, Third Place - International Whisky Competition

  • Old Forester 1910: "On October 22nd, 1910, a fire on the bottling line halted production of Old Forester. Mature whiskey ready to be bottled instead was stored in a secondary barrel. What emerged was a delightful whiskey, remarkable enough to become an entirely new expressions." – Old Fine Whisky

These bottles and many others will bring the heat all night long!

The delicious Speakeasy menu offers a wide array of irresistible fare that pairs perfectly with American whiskeys! With the party now expanded throughout the first floor of Hotel Congress, food will be available in multiple locations to satisfy your cravings throughout the night! Speakeasy Menu

  • Shrimp cocktail on ice sculpture display

  • Thompson automatics

  • Salsa and dip bar

  • Mushroom risotto cakes

  • Roast beef carving station

  • Pork loin medallions and mustard au jus

  • Smashed potatoes

  • Corn and chili pudding

  • Macarons

  • Truffles

The entire weekend features a Dillinger Brewing Company tap takeover! Explore over 6 beers from this favorite local brewery! 


Dillinger Days Celebration and Reenactments
 Sunday, January 19, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona 85701
WHO: Family-friendly, open to public

The 2020 Dillinger Days family-friendly festivities include three Dillinger’s capture reenactments, historical artifacts exhibit, vintage car show, historic lectures, arts & crafts, historical walking tours of downtown, and the actual Tommy Gun on display. Learn more about the letter found at Hotel Congress and be there to find out if you won the much-anticipated contest for a $100 gift card for Hotel Congress!

The reenactment shows will be bigger than ever this year, with more seating and viewing area than ever before! The shows will take place on 5th Avenue with new storylines and exciting elements, unlike any previous year! 

Bring the entire family and enjoy the reenactment shows, shop local vendors, food trucks, and explore what Tucson was like back in the 1930s! 


About Hotel Congress
Hotel Congress, a historic hotel, is home to the award-winning The Cup Café restaurant, famous Club Congress, and beautiful Copper Hall, located in the center of Downtown Tucson’s Historic East End.  For more information call (520) 622-8848 or visit


Press Release via Hotel Congress